Coppa Piacentina is considered a peculiar dry cured salami, since it is manufactured by the entire neck muscles stuffed and matured in natural casings, the same as dry cured ham and fermented dry cured sausages. In this work the proteolysis of external and internal portions was investigated by a proteomic approach and by amino acids analysis. Samples of “Coppa Piacentina” were analyzed at 0 days and after 5 and 8 months of ripening through mono- and two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Image analysis of 2D electrophoretic maps indicated a more intense enzyme activity on the external part, mainly due to endogenous enzymes. They favored, respectively, myofibrillar or sarcoplasmic proteins at 5 or 8 months of ripening. Free amino acids determination proved that lysine and glutamic acid were the most represented ones, followed by a free amino acids sequence like that of dry cured ham. The peculiarities of “Coppa Piacentina” were characterized by a slow proteolysis, due to sacking and binding of the whole cut of the pork neck.
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